Tuesday, 23 March 2021 18:47

Staff Reporter.

First one-day international, Pune
India 317-5 (50 overs): Dhawan 98 (106); Stokes 3-34
England 251 (42.1 overs): Bairstow 94 (66); Krishna 4-54
India won by 66 runs.


England squandered the chance to win a fluctuating first one-day international against India, losing by 66 runs in Pune.

Jonny Bairstow's scintillating 94, from only 66 balls, had the world champions well on course for their target of 318.

India's pace bowlers roared back, and an England side missing the rested Joe Root lost five wickets for 41 runs before eventually slumping to 251 all out.

The hosts had earlier been lifted to 317-5 by Shikhar Dhawan's 98 and 58 not out from Krunal Pandya, whose 26-ball half-century was the fastest by a debutant in one-day internationals.

On a bruising day, England captain Eoin Morgan spent time off the field with split webbing on his right hand, while Sam Billings sprained his collarbone joint attempting a stop on the boundary.

Rohit Sharma was struck on the elbow by Mark Wood and, most seriously, new Lancashire signing Shreyas Iyer suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder.

The second in the three-match series is on the same ground on Friday.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (capt), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.